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Leanne Wood victory in Rhondda 'shock result of election'

Leanne Wood's victory in the Rhondda can be confidently called the shock result of this election, even with some seats still to declare.

Leanne Wood won the Rhondda by a significant margin. Credit: PA

The Plaid Cymru leader took a huge political risk by deciding to contest her home constituency, a decision she took when it was not certain that the option of standing on the regional list as well would be available.

Plaid Cymru did win the Rhondda in the first Assembly election, in 1999 but Labour had since rebuilt its vote and party organisation under Leighton Andrews, a formidable political figure, who will be a major loss to Labour.

He was expected to continue as minister for public services, driving forward controversial local government reforms.

Labour defeat in Rhondda a 'terrible loss'

Leanne Wood had a majority of over 3,000 votes Credit: PA

Labour's defeat to Plaid Cymru in the Rhondda constituency is a "terrible loss", according to Lord Peter Hain.

Leighton Andrews, Assembly for Wales member for Rhondda between 2003 and 2016, lost by a majority of over 3,000 to Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood.

The last time Plaid held the seat was in 1999.

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Jewish voters have deserted Labour, says John Mann

John Mann MP said the anti-Semitism row could 'define Jeremy Corbyn's leadership'. Credit: PA

Jewish voters have deserted Labour in the wake of the anti-Semitism row, John Mann MP has said.

Mr Mann, who confronted Ken Livingstone over comments he made about Hitler, said Labour should have been enjoying a "landslide" victory.

He told the BBC: "It is clear that the Jewish vote, which for generations in families has been Labour, has gone against Labour tonight. We have seen that in Bury, we have seen it in Glasgow, I think we will see it tomorrow in parts of London.

"This is a huge challenge, it's going to define Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. He has to lead from the front and get on top of this problem."

But the Labour MP insisted "now is not the time" for any challenge to Mr Corbyn.

English election results: Latest from council votes

Counts are taking place across the UK. Credit: PA

With results in from 47 out of 124 councils involved in Thursday's vote, Labour was down 15 seats overall.

UKIP had made gains and was up 21 seats, while the Conservatives were up 10 and the Liberal Democrats up three.

The only council to change hands by 3.30am on Friday was Worcester, where the Conservatives remained the largest party but lost overall control.

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